Many yoga classes ask us to set an intention at the start of class. I was never sure what I was being asked to do. Is an intention the same as a goal? Where do I start?
Researching this, I’ve found an intention is not the same as a goal. Buddhist teachings claim an intention is a path or practice related to the present. A goal is future focused. For example, my intention for yoga practice might be to accept my body today. My goal might be to hold Wheel Pose for six breaths, one day.
Phillip Moffit has written extensively on this. When we set an intention at the start of yoga class, he asks us to consider what brought us to our mat that day. What are we feeling?
Angry? Set an intention on forgiveness. Lonely? Consider compassion. Feeling sad? Think about joy filling the heart. Feeling insecure? Perhaps thinking “confidence” might work.
There’s no right or wrong way to set an intention. It’s personal. It’s your intention and your practice.
Intentions relate to making a body-mind-spirit connection. My intention drafted at the Yoga Show doesn’t feel quite right. As life changes, my intentions will too. I like gratitude as an intention. I think it’s at the centre of all that I need to do.
What about you? Do you set intentions? Can you share your wisdom on this? Weigh in please!
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